New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Burglary suspect hitches ride with investigator
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Sheriff’s Investigator Gilbert Villarreal used his head — and not his feet — to capture a burglary suspect early Monday morning.
Driving his unmarked car, he saw a man who fit the description of a man suspected of burglarizing Canyon Lake Marina running along FM 2673, and offered him a ride — straight to the Comal County Jail.
“I was about two miles from the marina when I saw this guy running
down the road,” Villarreal said. “I knew if I yelled ‘Police,’ he’d just run into the bushes. And I’ll do anything to keep from running.
“So I caught him off guard. I offered him a ride. He hopped inside the car, and I had my man.”
The first law officer to arrive at Canyon Lake Marina was Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Koepp. The night watchman there had noticed a man standing on the pier, and found property from boats stacked on the walkway.
The watchman called the Sheriff’s
Office, and Koepp arrested Jerry Wayne Johnson, 18, of San Antonio.
“When Koepp found out a second suspect had hidden in the boat and got away, they called me for assistance,” Villarreal said. He wound up arresting Gary Wayne Dalton, 18, also of San Antonio.
Both men were charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, “because the boats had motors on them, and that’s a felony," Villarreal said. Bond was set by Peace Justice Harold Krueger at 82,500 each. Both men
were released on bond Monday.
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Picnic fees may go up in parks
Members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board didn't bat an eye over raising picnic fees 66 percent Monday night.
If approved by City Council, picnic fees will jump from 83 to 85 per table.
That seems reasonable to me." Carl Fox said “The idea I got from the council at the workshop was raise fees, reduce crowds, so this is all relative."
The two-dollar jump could mean the park wouldn't be behind any more paying for maintenance and security.
We're roughly 23 percent behind on revenue to pay the rangers to collect the money," Parks Director Court Thieleman said “This is roughly a 66 percent increase, so you'd be taking care of the next two years real quick.
"But remember you'll be going from $30 to $50 for small groups, and if some group wants Area No ll, they’ll have to cut us a check for 81,000 instead of 8300," he added.
The picnic fees would apply to luanda Park, Cypress Bend Park and Hinman Island “I got a call from a man who said he was glad we were thinking about raising the picnic fees, but he was just as convinced that local folks would pay the old 83." Thieleman said. "When I told him the increase would apply to everyone, he said 83 was too high "
"This only applies to weekend use anyway," Fox said “And how many of you at this table have had a picnic in the park on a weekend in the last five years’"
The parks board also asked Thieleman to consider the rangers' suggestion of branding the fee into the tables Thieleman said the idea was feasible.
The board also approved new swimming pool fees and categories, at the request of aquatic supervisor John Trayhan If okayed by City Council, children under 5 will get in free. Youth 1 ages 5-171 will move up to 81 Adult (ages 18-591 will increase to 82. and senior citizens <60 and older) will stay at 81
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TUESDAY December 6,1983 25 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 242
16 Pages —2 Sections
New violence hits Beirut
Have a surreal Christmas
Thanks to a like photographic magic, tho Main Plaza Christmas tree appears to be driving this Lincoln Continental as it makes the turn around
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the traffic circle The effect was created with time lapse photography.
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Syria reportedly shot downed three Israeli aircraft and captured an Israeli pilot today, and a bomb tore apart a bus in Jerusalem, killing at least one person and wounding more than 40. One witness in Jerusalem counted five people killed.
The Tel Aviv military command said one pilotless Israeli reconnaissance drone was shot down over eastern I^banon's Bekaa Valley. Syria said it shot down two of the unmanned craft, and Beirut radio said a manned Israeli warplane was downed and its pilot captured.
The explosion in Jerusalem blew the roof off the bus as it waited at a traffic light. Hadassah Hospital said it received one dead person and IO wounded, and Shaarei Zedek Hospital said it received 33 wounded Photographer Eli Hershkovitz counted five people killed by th** blast.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Moslem west Beirut, meanwhile, closed down in a general strike to protest the car bomb that killed 16 people Monday.
A shadowy group calling itself the
“Front for the Liberation of lebanon from Foreigners" claimed responsibility for Monday’s bombing, which shattered a nine-story apartment building in west Beirut. The same group claimed responsibility for several previous attacks on Palestinian and Syrian targets, but in this case there seemed to be no political target.
The state radio, which reported the group’s claim, said the official death toll was 16 killed and IOO wounded.
On a brighter note, the English-language Beirut Daily Star resumed publication today, exactly eight years after suspending operations during the 1975-76 civil war.
In a front-page column, publisher* Jamil K Mrowa called the renewal of publication “an act of faith in this lebanon which many think nor longer exists... We believe lebanon will make it."
However, the paper was filled with news of the car bombing, the drop of the lebanese pound to its lowest level ever, and American and Syrian threats stemming from the first U.S.
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Brotze replaces Darilek at county
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Mrs. Mary Brotze was named administrative assistant to the Comal County Conunisstoners Court during a special meeting Munday.
Commissioners voted unanimously to hire Brotze for salary a 817,500 per year, effective Dec. 15.
She will replace Tun Darilek, who will accept a position on Jan. 2, 1984 with John D. Baines Inc., a San Antonio development company.
Brotze, 39, earned a masters degree in public administration from Southwest Texas University in 1972.
She also holds a bachelor of arts degree in zoology from the University of Texas and a masters degree in bi oc helms try from Texas AAM.
My main credential is my masters degree rn public administration," Brotze said Tile degree taught her about intergovernmental relations and "the possibilities and problems you get into with any governmental dealings," she explained.
She said another strong point she has is "very good communication skills."
Brotze interned for the Comal County Juvenile Probation Department in the fall of 1981, from which
she helped establish Teen Connection. She is a board member for Teen Connection.
From 1975 to 1978 she served as a member of New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commissions, and was the chairman of the commission in 1979
She currently is employed with Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG). Brotze was an area coordinator for a five-county region throught October. Now she is a career guidance instructor and is working on the Job Training Partnership Act, which focuses on nunonty employment.
"I got interested in public ad
ministration because of my workings with the planning and zoning commission," Brotze said.
She applied for the administrative assistant position because "there aren’t that many positions within that line" in the New Braunfels area The commissioners court received over 40 applications for the position and interviewed 12 of those.
"We were highly impressed with the quality of many of the applications for positions." said County Judge Fred Clark.
"Filling this position is extremely difficult if you have the caliber of applicants that we had," he said.
County isn't interested in shared garage—ClarkInside
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
It was City Council that first suggested Monday’s joint meeting with the Comal County Commissioners Court. But County Judge Fred Clark picked most of the discussion topics.
Most of them concerned sharing of one sort or another: city use of the planned new county jail; getting together on the purchase of Urge equipment or the construction of a downtown parking lot; and the possibility of a central tax collection office to serve not only the city and county, but other local governments as well.
The group seemed in favor of cooperating as much as possible in those areas. But when it came to talking about a central garage and maintenance center for the various governments, CUrk said the county just isn’t interested.
The central garage idea has been discussed at recent meetings 0i the City Council end New Braunfels Utilities trustees. Clark admitted the commissioners might have liked the idea if they hadn’t just built a mw maintenance facility last year and hired a management-level mechanic to go with iL“There’s not a majority of the Commissioners Court that’s willing to spend 81.500 even on a
feasibility study,” he said. The other two groups have already voted in favor of such a study, and agreed to pay their pro rata share of 81,500.
County officials said they would be willing to serve as the city’s jailkeeper. If all goes well, CUrk said, the new jail could be ready in 19 months If the municipal police wanted to close their temporary holding facilities at that time, and move all booking and processing to the county jail, “We wo*ild have to strike a bargain on that," he said.
Clark guessed, and city officials agreed, that the city facilities wouldn’t stand up to close scrutiny by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
Most city prisoners who are held longer than overnight get transferred to the county jail now, Clark said this has already raised some interesting questions as to "when a city prisoner becomes a county prisoner."
Sheriff Walter Fellers is concerned about that because his department is responsible not only for feeding and clothing prisoners, but also for providing their medical needs. "The sheriff has just mentioned a significant problem for us. We have an individual who committed a crime, and then shot himself," Clark said.
He was referring to Charles Dale Broderick, who
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WEATHER..............2AExplosions rip plant near Houston
HIGH1.ANDS, Texas < AP I — About 2,UDO residents who fled their homes in the wake of a series of explosions at a nearby chemical plant started returning to their homes today as firefighters watched over the smoldering remains of the plant
Joe Dollar, a spokesman for Hi-Port Industries, Inc where the blast occurred at about 7 30 p m Monday, said the company estimated damages at 815 million and that no cause of the explosions had been determined
There were no fatalities in the blast that raged out of control for 34 hours but five employes and two police officers suffered uunor injuries, officials said.
Authorities said the cause of the explosion and fire was unknown
The inferno burned about seven acres of the 34-. acre plant, which manufactures jet fuels, insecticide and anti freeze, Macaiuso said.
Fire authorities at the scene said early today that the fire had been brought under control and that residents were returning to their homes
Electrical power, turned off during the height of the fire, was restored, officials said, and schools opened on scheduleSomething special for local studentsSpecial education doesn't normally conjure up pictures of students pumping iron, as Kent Cubus, a special education student at Canyon High, is doing here. Many people may not have much of a mental picture of special education at all. Special education is a program for special people with special problems, and both local school district's programs affect a wide variety of people - from the student to the parent to the administrator to the teacher to society, itself. See Pages 4,5 A.